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Pope Francis Writes On The Environment, And Many People Miss The Point

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Pope Francis’s new encyclical isn’t exactly being received positively by American conservatives, because they seem to be missing the point.

New Michigan Law Allows Religious Adoption Agencies To Discriminate Against Gay Couples

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A new Michigan law allows religious-affiliated adoption agencies to turn away parents for religious reasons, and it seems fairly obvious what the target is in this case.

Minnesota Archbishop Resigns In Wake Of Criminal Charges Over Sex Abuse

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The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has resigned in the wake of criminal charges for covering up sexual abuse of children.

New North Carolina Law Allows Government Employees To Refuse To Do Their Job

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A new North Carolina law allows government employees to decline to perform their jobs by claiming it violates their “religious liberty.”

Saudi Supreme Court Upholds Conviction Of Blogger For “Insulting Islam”

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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a blogger sentenced to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam”: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court upheld an internationally condemned verdict against a liberal blogger who was publicly flogged after being found guilty of insulting Islam, state-linked news websites […]

Minnesota Archdiocese Faces Criminal Charges For Covering Up Child Sex Abuse

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The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been charged criminally for its role in covering up sexual abuse of children by Priests.

Americans Are Becoming More Liberal On Social Issues

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A new poll shows that Americans have moved to the left on a wide variety of social issues.

D.C. Metro Bans All Political Ads Rather Than Run Mohammed Cartoon Poster

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The agency that runs Washington D.C.’s mass transit has banned all political ads after Pamela Gellar attempted to run an advertisement featuring a drawing of Mohammed.

Supreme Court Sides With Muslim Woman In Religious Discrimination Case

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The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who was refused a job because of her hijab.

Marco Rubio Thinks That Gay Marriage Is A Threat To ‘Religious Liberty’

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Marco Rubio seems to be in lockstep with the extreme social conservatives when it comes to same-sex marriage.

Marine Fighting for Right to Post Bible Verses in Violation of Direct Orders

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A woman discharged from the Marine Corps for violating multiple direct orders is fighting to the highest military court.

Americans Becoming Less Christian And Less Religious, Survey Says

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A new survey shows that Americans are becoming less Christian, and less religious overall.

Pope Francis Speaks The Truth About The Armenian Genocide, Turks Get Predictably Upset

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Unlike most world leaders, Pope Francis is wiling to call a genocide a genocide.

Majority Of Americans Oppose ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws

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A new poll suggests that the American public does not support laws that give religious exemptions to businesses that want to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Louisiana Set To Become The Next ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Battleground

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A bill pending in Louisiana seems likely to become the next national focus in the debate between marriage equality and claims of ‘religious freedom.’

Indiana Legislature To Vote On Revised RFRA Addressing Discrimination Concerns

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Indiana’s RFRA will be amended to address most of the concerns of its opponents. That counts as a victory.

Arkansas Governor Demands Changes To RFRA Bill

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As I noted this morning, the battle over RFRA laws and how they impact the arguments over gay rights and same-sex marriage are extending beyond Indiana, particularly to Arkansas where the state legislature approved a bill similar to Indiana’s just yesterday and sent it to Governor Asa Hutchinson. Earlier today, after an uproar that included […]

Oh Lord Won’t You Buy Me A Gulfstream G650

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Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar tells his followers that the Lord God wants him to have a private jet: The ministry of a prominent Georgia megachurch pastor and evangelist who teaches that God wants to bless the faithful with earthly riches is seeking donations to buy a luxury jet valued at more than $65 million. The […]

Francis to Follow Benedict, Predicts Short Papacy

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Pope Francis says he expects to serve only a short period and plans to follow his predecessor’s example of retiring rather than waiting to die in office.

ISIS is What it Says it Is

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The Atlantic has a fascinating cover story by Graeme Wood titled “What ISIS Really Wants.”

Denmark Terror Attacks and Machine-Gun Censorship

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Yet another attack on religious freedom in Europe.

Today in Grand Irony

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The same-sex marriage battle is on in Alabama

Pope: Don’t Breed Like Rabbits. Or Use Birth Control.

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Pope Francis continues his world tour and has issued a paradox from his private jet.

Pope Francis: One Cannot Make Fun of Faith

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Pope Francis has earned a reputation as a liberal in comparison to recent predecessors but he’s no liberal.

Next Charlie Hebdo Cover Has Muhammad Saying ‘Je suis Charlie’

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Their editor and nine colleagues dead, their offices destroyed, the newspaper is not missing a beat.

Charlie Hebdo Suspects Dead After Dual Standoffs

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The men responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre are dead, but the problems for France, and the rest of Europe, may just be at the beginning.

Catholic League President Blames Charlie Hebdo Publisher for Own Death

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Bill Donohue rightly condemns insulting Muslims—but goes way too far.

Terror Attack Kills 11 at French Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo

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At least 11 are dead and 10 wounded in an attack on free expression.

American Cardinal Critical Of Pope Francis Demoted

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Vatican politics is older than American politics, and can be just as entertaining.

Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

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Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was […]

Pope Francis’s Remarks On The Big Bang Are Nothing New For The Catholic Church

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Pope Francis restates something the Catholic Church has taught for a long time and, again, the American media thinks its something new and revolutionary.

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

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The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Houston Backs Down On Subpoenas Directed At Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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A not surprising outcome to a move that have had motives entirely unconnected to litigation.

Houston Seeks To Subpoena Sermons Of Pastors Opposing Gay Rights Law

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Someone needs to remind the City of Houston that the First Amendment applies to them.

Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah Penalized For End Zone Muslim Prayer?

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Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah was charged with an excessive celebration penalty after taking a position of prayer after scouring a touchdown off an interception in last night’s Chiefs routing of the Patriots, and some people are raising red flags: Husain Abdullah is a devout Muslim. He’s also a safety for the Chiefs, and […]

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Delay El Al Flight Over Women Passengers

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There is apparently such a thing as too Jewish.

Air Force Lifts Requirement For Enlistees To Say ‘So Help Me God’ In Oath

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Earlier this month, I noted the case of an unnamed member of the Air Force who had been denied reenlistment because he declined to say “so help me God” at the end of his enlistment oath. As I noted at the time, while this language is set forth in the statute that creates the oath, […]

Airman Reportedly Denied Reenlistment For Failing To Say ‘So Help Me God’

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It would appear that someone needs to introduce the Air Force to Article VI of the Constitution.

Today in Broken Irony Detectors

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"I’m not giving up on them, but I’m just saying either convert them or kill them. One or the other."—Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty on ISIS.

Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

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American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State.

The House GOP Can’t Even Agree On A Resolution Honoring Pope Francis

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House Republicans can’t even muster the votes to pass a banal resolution honoring Pope Francis: How partisan and unproductive is the current Congress? The epitome of its dysfunction may have arrived with last week’s wrap-up before a five-week summer recess, as House Republicans failed to pass their own scaled-back bill on the border children crisis on Thursday. Realizing […]

Obama To Bar Discrimination Against Gays By Federal Contractors, With No Religious Exemption

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Later today, President Obama will sign an Executive Order barring Federal Contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation. But that’s not even the most controversial part for some conservatives.

Citizens United And Hobby Lobby Are About Individual Rights, Not ‘Corporate Rights’

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Much of the criticism of Hobby Lobby, and Citizens United before it, is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what those decisions stand for.

Louisiana May Jail A Catholic Priest For Refusing To Break The Seal Of Confession

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A case out of Louisiana raises serious First Amendment issues.

Lawyers For Gitmo Detainees Using Hobby Lobby To Argue For Expanded Religious Freedoms

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Political irony, perhaps, but probably less than meets the eye.

Islam And World War One

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The First World War played an intriguing role in the birth of the radical Islam we are dealing with today.

Is The Law That Saved Hobby Lobby Unconstitutional?

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Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act itself an unconstitutional Establishment of Religion barred by the First Amendment? There’s a compelling argument that it is.

ISIS Declares Caliphate, Renames Itself ‘Islamic State’

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Is ISIS’s reach about to exceed its grasp?

Previewing Tomorrow’s Hobby Lobby Decision

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The Supreme Court has saved the biggest case of the term for its last day.

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